Spend an unforgettable weekend discovering something new in one of London’s most historic boroughs. Discover short breaks that are definitely not short on experiences.
New Tastes A weekend break in Chelsea is any true foodie’s dream come true. If you know your sous vide from your confit and your foie gras from your fougasse, a stay at Sloane Square Hotel is the ideal base for a weekend spent on culinary exploration. Sloane Square Hotel’s very own restaurant Côte Brasserie serves imaginative French inspired cuisine created with the finest fresh ingredients. A new addition to the Chelsea culinary scene is the Michelin starred The Five Fields restaurant, situated on a lovely side street with a creative and sophisticated British menu. Restaurant Gordon Ramsay on Royal Hospital Rd is a must on a culinary visit to London. The renowned chef’s three Michelin starred flagship serves French gourmet classics in a world class setting. Insider tip: Pick up a gourmet souvenir of your weekend. Every Saturday the Duke of York Square is home to a fine food market with fresh produce and artisanal specialties from Britain and abroad.
New Perspectives The historic location of Sloane Square Hotel is the perfect starting point for a weekend immersed in culture. Within easy reach are the big three museums- the Victoria and Albert, The Natural History Museum and the Science Museum. Plan your short break in Sloane Square to coincide with the BBC Proms summer series of classical concerts at the Royal Albert Hall, or to see any of the world class musicians, comedians and artists who regularly have concerts here. Art lovers will be able to fill every minute of the day with the many gallery offerings in Kensington and Chelsea. The Gagliardi Gallery is one most recognized contemporary art galleries in London and is well worth a visit. Box Galleries contemporary art gallery on the Kings Road is the perfect place to start your art collection with a work by an emerging talent. Visit the innovative The Saatchi Gallery in a new location on King’s Road to discover works by young artists or by rarely exhibited international artists. Insider tip: Leighton House Museum, on the edge of Holland Park, has reopened after a million-pound restoration project. The house itself is a highly decorative architectural work of art housing the classical treasures and fine art collection of the artist Frederick Leighton.
New Trends This part of London has long been a mecca for fashionistas. Whether you are shopping for couture or a simply looking for a great pair of jeans, shopping in Kensington & Chelsea will always be a satisfying experience. Quintessential London department stores like Harrods, Harvey Nicols and Peter Jones are unmissable. Up your rock n’ roll credentials on Sloane Street with a Parisian edge at Zadig & Voltaire or invest in denim at celeb favorite Rag & Bone. For modern Scandinavian classics be sure to make a stop at Day Birger et Mikkelsen, just a little further down the street. Whether you’re window shopping or splashing out, the big names like Gucci, Chanel, Dior, Chloe, Cartier and Saint Laurent are all here.
All the high street favorites are of course also in the neighbourhood- Banana Republic, COS, Jigsaw, Joseph, Space NK, Whistles and one of the largest Zara stores in Europe are all under one roof at the Duke of York Square. King’s Road is a great location for independent boutiques and vintage treasures. Don’t miss Shop at the Bluebird and Sign of the Times on Elystan Street.
Insider tip: Rediscover the rebel spirit of King’s Road with a visit to Vivienne Westwood’s World's End boutique, the reimagined original shop that defined the look of the punk movement in the 1970s.